In this post we consider the health benefits of pears and some interesting facts about them.
Did you know that the pear is a member of the rose family and and related to both the apple and the quince? Did you know that much of the nutrient goodness of a pear is in its skin?
Pears are juicy and sweet, with both a soft and grainy texture. There are varieties of pear available almost year-round. If you want to know if a pear is ripe press (gently) around the stem, pears ripen from the inside out. If it a pear is hard at the stem, it its not yet ripe.
The health benefits of pears
Pears are a good source of potassium, vitamin c and dietary fibre. Most of which is found in the skin. Pears are also a very low allergenic fruit so are a good first food for babies. A slice of ripe pear is very easy for little people to eat.
They are an excellent source of fibre and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving.
In fact, pears are one of the leading fruit sources of fibre. A medium sized pear packs 6 grams of it, which over 20% of your daily requirement for fibre! If you are serving pear to your little ones, remember that it is the skin of the pear that contains the majority of the fibre and nutrients!
Pears make great eating, something I only came to realise a few years ago. They are great in salads or with a cheese course. There are a many great recipes for pears. They go well in crumbles, baking and are very popular for puddings such as poached pears, baked pears, pears and chocolate. For the kids, tinned pears with yoghurt is an easy healthy pudding.
Would you like to try some other pear recipes? Why not try one of these:
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